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A Sword for Hire (The Silent Blade Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I can't put my finger on what was missing as it is a good book, and written very well. It is just lacking in atmosphere. I would liked to have homed in more on each character at some point. To have become more familiar with their inner thoughts. We just seem to brush over this side of things. Of course, this is only my personal expectations, and I do believe this author has a great talent for storytelling.
Yes, there're the usual ingredients of high fantasy, such as wizards, witches and dragons, but Mr Graham manages to depict them in a different and unique way. The touches of comedy he employs throughout the narrative, amuse without detracting from the overall story.
The description of the backdrops to the story are excellent, enabling the reader to immerse themselves in the story with ease.
On the whole, the plot and characterisation are well crafted, only slightly married by some repetition in the narrative and dialogue, which given the excellence of the story overall, can be forgiven.
My advice? This book is well worth purchasing and adding to any fantasy buff's library.
When I started reading, I slightly baulked at the idea of having an elderly wizard protaganist because it immediately put me in mind of Rincewind and to me that didn't fit with the way this story was being set up. Rincewind is about total comedy. This is about humorous (sometimes inept, even) characters but the situation is straighter than your average Pratchett.
Luckily, Amvaar and Rincewind's only common characteristic is their age. Unlike Rincewind, Amvaar not a coward. However, he is an accurately drawn academic in that, in many ways, he hasn't really grown up. Sent on a quest that he hasn't asked for and doesn't want, he ends up embarking on a voyage of self descovery at the same time and comes out of it a more confident and whole person. His lack of youth adds a whole new dimension to the rights of passage feel to his journey and makes for very interesting reading.
Once the quest starts in earnest, the action zips along at a much faster pace. The world in which the action is set is solid and real with proper rules that hold up. And I particularly liked that the woman, every man jack of 'em, were a lot more pragmatic and sensible than the men, who, in most cases, were supposed to be running things. The story is tied up nicely but at the same time there are plenty of loose ends to be dealt with in the sequel.
All in all good stuff and thoroughly recommended. I'll definitely be reading the sequel.
What starts with one old wizard's search for an important though apparently innocuous stolen cloak soon develops into a mission to save the world. Shielded from most of the outside world for most of his life though, the wizard Amvaar quickly realises that he needs help in his quest and those friends he meets along the way.
Three further eclectic individuals later - they are not your typical heroes - one human, one half human and one not so human! Enveloped in their own personal issues, accustomed to working alone in their own disparate worlds, they have to band together to try and save the day.
DG has created a new team of adventurers to fight the good battles. There is plenty of scope to expand the series too with brief glimpses into the rest of the Silent Blade world. I'm looking forward to the next one!
The writing was accessible and the story bounced along nicely for me. However, the author occasionally used words which were incorrect in the context and had a strangely cavalier attitude to the apostrophe - another wild and feral creature in his hands! If this does not deter you though, you will enjoy this fantasy adventure which has a tense and exciting episode just before the end. A nice read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
having read all the "game of thrones" books I found it to be very underwhelming, the characters were somewhat week and predictable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by pixielula
A great book in which the story flows nicely. A rather reluctant, timid and naïve wizard is sent on a quest to retrieve an artefact stolen from the citadel. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Carol
Excellent story line with some credible characters and a good dose of humour. I really enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to the next episode.Well done Davey!.Published 20 months ago by terence wainwright
This book is a little slow to start and aimed more at teenage readers but I really enjoyed the characters, humour and story. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mazzaG
slow start (as other reviewers mention) but then livens up ... I will look at the next book in the series.Published on 3 May 2015 by Ian King
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